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Markforged announces two 3D printers that produce items as strong as steel

 Markforged, a 3D printer manufacturer based in Boston, has just announced two new models – the X3 and the X5. Both of these printers are designed to create carbon-fiber infused objects using a standard filament printing system and both can produce items that can replace or are stronger than steel objects. Both printers have auto-leveling and scanning systems to ensure each printed object… Read More
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John Biggs

August 21st

Gadgets

New drone perches on walls like a robotic bird

 The Multimodal Autonomous Drone (S-MAD) is a fixed-wing drone that has a few bird-like tricks up its sleeve. You can, for example, fly it like a glider through a room or open space but when it approaches a flat surface the drone quickly changes configuration and lands flat with its little spiky teeth digging in to keep it from falling. In short, this is one of the scariest robotic behaviors… Read More
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John Biggs

August 21st

Gadgets

A Tesla owner shows his 97-year-old Grandpa a car from the future

 Zac Carmi showed his 97-year-old grandfather his Tesla. His grandpa was pretty impressed. You can watch video of the adorable interaction below. In what could be some of the cutest footage of a lovable grandpa discovering the future ever, Carmi loads his grandpa into the car and accelerates. Grandpa, obviously, says that “you need a parachute” to drive this thing. Tech folks… Read More

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John Biggs

August 18th

Gadgets

A defense company put a machine gun on a drone

 Duke Robotics, a military contractor, has produced a video for their unique and uniquely dangerous new tool, TIKAD. This drone platform looks fairly basic – a custom multi-rotor drone with a chassis on the bottom to hold what looks like a stripped down machine gun, sniper rifle, or grenade launcher – but what it suggests about the future of warfare is pretty scary. A gimbal at… Read More

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John Biggs

August 17th

Gadgets

Machine learning can tell if you’re wearing swap-meet Louie

 A wise man once said “The hat mighta had a L V on the back but at the swap meet that ain’t jack,” and now researchers can ensure that the Louis Vuitton or Prada or Coach you bought is the real deal. The system, which essentially learns the difference between real and fake products over time, uses a small microscope connected to a phone. “The underlying principle of… Read More

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John Biggs

August 11th

Gadgets

The Minifree Libreboot T400 is free as in freedom

 The Libreboot T400 doesn’t look like much. It’s basically a refurbished Lenovo Thinkpad with the traditional Lenovo/IBM pointer nubbin and a small touchpad. It’s a plain black laptop, as familiar as any luggable assigned to a cubicle warrior on the road. But, under the hood, you have a machine that fights for freedom. The T400 runs Libreboot, a free and open BIOS and the… Read More

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John Biggs

August 11th

Gadgets

BlackPods brings your AirPods to the dark side

 This is the story of a guy who found a niche and stuck with it. The guy is a programmer named Nick who was worried about Apple’s wireless AirPods. He thought they looked stupid. “I didn’t have particularly high hopes when Apple first announced AirPods. I figured they would sound like their wired EarPods, which are fine but not particularly impressive. I was blown away when… Read More

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John Biggs

August 8th

Apple

Gadgets

3D-printed fruit will help your real apples taste better

 There may be a pretender in your next box of fruit, a fake fruit that tracks temperatures, motion, and shocks to ensure your plums are sweet and hard and your peaches are pretty as can be. Created by Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, the project involves a 3D-printed apple that hides in with all the real apples and contains a number of sensors.… Read More

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John Biggs

August 4th

Apple

Gadgets

The CJR Commander adds some aviationpunk to your wrist

 Another weekend, another mechanical watch. This time we have the Commander from CJR, the company that brought us the Airspeed last year. This unique piece features an unusual curved dial and rotor-like seconds wheel that harkens back to some strange alternate future where airplanes become sentient. Early bird watches cost $449 and come on a thick leather strap. “The aircraft industry is… Read More

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John Biggs

August 4th

Gadgets

HelloPlant tells you if your ficus is firsty

 Plants, like humans, need food, water, beer, and television. What better way to tell if your plant is hungry or thirsty (or bored) than a little nubbin that sits inside its pot and send you notifications when things are amiss. That’s why you need a HelloPlant. The system lets you name your plants and then watch them as they grow. When the soil is too dry you get a notification and you… Read More

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John Biggs

August 3rd

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